Famous Leadership Quotes to Explain the Difference Between Boss and Leader

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Jun 3, 2016
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A boss is different from a leader. A boss is someone who tells you what to do and wonders why you haven’t done it yet. Can your boss be a leader? Of course he can. But being a leader takes more than just bossing people around.

Let me bring you closer to some famous quotes about leadership in which I will try to better explain the difference between a boss and a leader. I hope they will inspire you to become a great leader.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams

The leader is in most cases also the CEO of a company. That’s how it is in my case too, but a leader can also be your supervisor or your teammate.

How do you know you’re a leader? Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you are an inspiration for other people. I’ve learnt that people are not eager to talk about it. The best thing to do is to ask them how they feel near you. Do they feel motivated or they rather complain about their jobs? Maybe they even feel like you cut their wings?

Being a leader makes people want to achieve more, do more and be better in what they do. Once you recognize a good kind of relationship, you will know if you have a leader around.

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Peter Drucker

While the boss (manager) should stick to the rules when working with people, leaders are more able to show off their talents (or their whim). Although they’re often very likable people, they don’t strive for it. They know their worth and the job they need to do.

Sometimes they do things employees don’t agree with or think are unacceptable. But in the end, that’s what they need to do to make the organization grow and I think we should trust them on that.

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. Arnold H. Glasow

Wouldn’t you want to follow a leader who risk their neck for you? And when the time is right, they give the credit to the team?

Many teams don’t feel appreciated, while bosses take all the credit for the success of a company. (Check out the post: How to Appreciate Your Employees). But the success of the whole company is always a result of committed people working hard and who stand behind their leader every day. Our CEO always emphasizes our devoted work which makes us feel appreciated.

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish. Sam Walton

Many times I’ve seen morale collapse in employees. I’ve also experienced their happiness, boosted by just one good sentence from their boss or leader. I’ve seen how they did their work when they were overwhelmed, insecure and how their performance increased when they felt appreciated. It’s amazing what people can achieve or even only think they can achieve when they have high self–esteem and they believe in themselves.

While bosses usually focus on the stats and results, leaders see when a person needs to hear a good word to boost their mood. Read more about how to be a good boss.

Become a great leader

There’s a difference between a boss and a leader. The boss usually gives orders and is a “know it all” kind of person. A true leader ignites a spark in you to do more and become more. They’re willing to always learn and listen.

It’s no secret that when you want people to follow you, you need to touch their hearts. You need to show some empathy and understand their point of view. You also need to listen more than you talk. That’s how you earn their trust.

Like Eleanor Roosevelt said, “to handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”

If you liked this post, you may also want to read Teamwork Quotes That Make Your Team Really Work Together.

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